Posted: Sep 24, 2012 3:11 PM by Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) - Federal authorities have arrested two government employees who allegedly participated in a passport fraud conspiracy that provided the travel documents to non-citizens.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says Nyle Churchwell, a passport office adjudications manager, and Temi Russell, a tax examiner with the Internal Revenue Service, face charges of conspiracy to commit passport fraud and making false statements in application and use of a passport.
Additional participants included in the indictment, partially unsealed Monday, are expected to face charges as well. Those who received passports through the scheme included non-citizens and people using false identities. It was not immediately known if Churchwell or Russell had retained lawyers.
Churchwell had been with the Department of State for 33 years, but was on administrative leave.
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